Does your name shape your experience?
Why Change your name?
I changed mine…
- The significance of our names and how it affects our potential
- The history and multicultural significance of taking new names in adulthood
- Language and how it relates to consciousness, manifestation, numerology, and identity
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Here’s the Ted Talk I mentioned in the show:
So Alter Ego… what is it? It’s really about exploring the different personalities and characteristics of who we are, internally. When we are able to explore for them and express them we create such a rich life of greater happiness, greater contributions to ourself, to our families, to others, to our organizations, to our causes, and missions.
To understand the importance of names,
we must first understand the importance of language.
- How is consciousness as we understand it tied to language?
“Before my teacher came to me, I did not know that I am. I lived in a world that was a no-world. I cannot hope to describe adequately that unconscious, yet conscious time of nothingness. I did not know that I knew aught, or that I lived or acted or desired. I had neither will nor intellect. I was carried along to objects and acts by a certain blind natural impetus. I had a mind which caused me to feel anger, satisfaction, desire…When I wanted anything I liked,–ice-cream, for instance, of which I was very fond,–I had a delicious taste on my tongue (which, by the way, I never have now), and in my hand I felt the turning of the freezer. I made the sign, and my mother knew I wanted ice-cream. I ‘thought’ and desired in my fingers.”
-Helen Keller, The World I Live In, Pg. 37
- Language creates the context through with we view the world
- the language you speak can actually affect how you perceive the world, because each language is full of unique logical rules and syntax.
- In Vietnamese there is no subjunctive tense. Look above to see the video of Phuc Tran’s Ted Talk. It speaks about the significance of the subjunctive tense (which is when the verbal action is used as non-fact, possibility, potentiality). This tense allows us to look into the future with could woulds and mights, or into the past where we can imagine what didn’t but could have, or should have happened. It is a at once the vehicle that is required for forward thinking possibility, and also required for backward thinking regret. IE: “If it hadn’t rained, we would have gone to the beach.” His Vietnamese father’s response: “Thats stupid, why do you want to talk about something that didn’t happen”. Dad didn’t have the language or luxury to think of an alternate reality, but it provided the resiliency they needed to survive terrible challenges through the indicative terms of understanding the world: What is, and nothing else, takes the focus.
- Chinese: in Mandarin, there is no verb conjugation or distinction between the present and the future, so native speakers are more mindful of how their current action influences their future consequences.
How does your name affect you growing up?
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